Editor's Note - On Saturday the Mashpee Wampanoag Police Department exposed a person they filmed poaching from the Herring Run on the tribal reservation. At 7 a.m. Sunday they issued the statement below to clarify their position on visitors to the Herring Run and tribal lands in general. See the related content link below for the story on the poaching incident.
Statement from the Mashpee Wampanoag Police Department (verbatim):
Just to be clear. We welcome anyone to come and visit the Herring Run via the parking area at the Mashpee Wampanoag Museum. Understand when you enter that parking lot, you are entering into different Jurisdiction and onto the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Reservation.
What we would expect, is for anyone who visits any of our Tribal properties, to respect and follow the laws. Just like any other town, state, or country you may visit. We all have laws and we have consequences for breaking the laws. To keep it simple to understand, if it’s illegal in the State of Ma, most likely it will be the same for us. We mirror a lot of the same laws Except the new marijuana law, that’s still illegal on the Reservation as long as it’s illegal Federally. If it’s against Federal law, expect it to be enforced.
The issues we have at our herring run may seem trivial to some. But they are big deal to our Tribal Members. Many of our Tribal Members take herring for food, use them fish to feed their families. The herring counts are down which is why the current ban for all non Tribal Members is currently in place.
We do know who all registered members of the tribe are and can verify that with in minutes.
So please don’t do things you are not supposed to. Respect the History, Heritage and Laws of our Land and Reservation. If you do that you won’t have any issues.